Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne hit out at ‘unauthorised’ use of song in anti-Democrat Trump video

In a statement, The Osbournes suggested Kanye West, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock as possible alternatives

Adam White@__adamwhite
Friday 28 June 2019 12:11
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Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have condemned Donald Trump for his ‘unauthorised’ use of the Osbourne hit “Crazy Train”, after the US President tweeted an attack video soundtracked by the song.

Posted yesterday on Trump’s official Twitter account, the video mocks the technical difficulties that marred Wednesday night’s first Democratic primary debate while “Crazy Train” plays in the background. The clip then fades to black, before fading into footage of Trump emerging from a cloud of smoke. A message reading “Make America Great Again 2020” then follows.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, the couple demanded Trump cease use of Osbourne’s music. “Based on this morning’s unauthorised use of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train,’ we are sending notice to the Trump campaign (or any other campaigns) that they are forbidden from using any of Ozzy Osbourne’s music in political ads or in any political campaigns. Ozzy’s music cannot be used for any means without approvals.”

The pair then recommended some alternatives for Trump to use, referencing three musicians who have publicly voiced support for his presidency. They wrote: “Perhaps he should reach out to some of his musician friends. Maybe Kanye West (‘Gold Digger’), Kid Rock (‘I Am the Bullgod’) or Ted Nugent (‘Stranglehold’) will allow use of their music.”

Ozzy Osbourne join a number of musicians to have taken action against the use of their music at Trump rallies, including Elton John, Neil Young and REM. Rihanna, after being notified that her songs were being played at a Trump rally last year, memorably tweeted: “Not for much longer… me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies”.

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